Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared the announcement that they’re be stepping back as senior members of the royal family, there’s been a lot of talk about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s use of the word “royal.”
You see, after their wedding, the pair officially registered their website, social media handles, and charity as Sussex Royal. However, as part of the agreement to sever royal ties with the family, Queen Elizabeth forbid the couple from using the word royal on any of their work.
In a statement, the couple wrote that dropping the word royal was just fine with them. “While there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ or any iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory (either within the UK or otherwise) when the transition occurs Spring 2020.”
Though many viewed the response as snarky toward the Queen and the monarchy as a whole, the couple might have just been stating facts. Besides, it appears they already have a new name in the works already.
According to The Daily Mail, stylist Jessica Mulroney, who happens to be Meghan’s closest confidant, registered a new domain in Harry and Meghan’s name sometime last week. As The Daily Mail wrote, she “registered the website sussexglobalcharities.com last Wednesday through her charity the Shoebox Project Foundation, which supports vulnerable women.”
Look at the name again: “Sussex Global Charities.” No “royal” in sight.
“While the duke and duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organization, given the specific UK government rules surrounding the use of the word ‘royal’ it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organization when it is announced this spring, will not be named Sussex Royal Foundation,” a spokesperson for the couple told The Guardian. The spokesperson reiterated, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘SussexRoyal’ in any territory post-spring 2020.”
Though little else is known about just what Harry and Meghan will call their endeavors right now, we likely won’t have to wait long: The couple’s last official day as working members of the royal family is March 31.